MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Luncheon celebrates Tucker police precinct

Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety Cedric Alexander and other county officials were present Dec. 16 to celebrate a successful year of the Tucker police precinct. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

Police officers, residents and DeKalb County officials celebrated the Tucker Police Precinct Dec. 16 with an awards luncheon, which was sponsored by the Stone Mountain and Tucker community improvement districts (CID). Also present at the event was former DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander, who was recently promoted to public safety director. “I really do […]

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Kwanzaa inspires community and spiritual growth

Nestled between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Kwanzaa (Swahili for “first fruits”) is a celebration of family and community that is rich in tradition, as well as a source of unity and strength. Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday that many Blacks began celebrating about four decades ago. The seven-day observance, which begins on Dec. […]

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Stone Mountain woman is Mega Millions winner

Ira Curry, right, of Stone Mountain is a new multi-millionaire.

The immense good fortune and financial windfall of a Stone Mountain family has sent a ripple of surprise through a local neighborhood. Ira Curry, one of two winners of the $648 million Mega Millions drawing on Dec. 17, claimed her prize the next morning at Georgia Lottery headquarters. “It’s unreal,” said Curry, 56, in a […]

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Mentally-challenged Lithonia woman missing

missing woman

A 20-year-old mentally challenged Lithonia resident has been missing since Dec. 28. The DeKalb County Police Special Victims Unit is seeking information about whereabouts of Ilonda Banks, who was last seen on Dec. 28 at approximately 1 p.m. at her residence on Kimberland Gardens Lane in Lithonia. She was wearing a black shirt and dark […]

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Healthful water brings income stream

At a recent tasting event at Vitamin Unlimited in Lithonia, Robertson explains benefits of her water. Photos provided.

Dawn Robertson said her venture into the world of business started with a decision to improve her own health habits. “My wake-up call came when I was diagnosed with diabetes, even though I thought I was relatively healthy and I had just lost 40 pounds. When I was diagnosed, I was a normal weight. I […]

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Demolition of Peachcrest Elementary begins next month

A fence surrounds the soon-to-be-demolished Peachcrest Elementary School. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

A temporary fence surrounds the vacant Peachcrest Elementary School as crews finalize plans to demolish the building next month. Closed since 2010, Peachcrest’s demolition will make way for a new school building later in 2014. “What you’ll see next is some guys in little white suits—our asbestos crew,” said Barry Roberts, founder of Atlanta Demolition, […]

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Interpreter is passionate about sign language

Sign language interpreter Alexa Ann Reha Wilson says she makes a difference every day she goes to work at Freedom Middle School. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Alexa Ann Reha Wilson, a sign language interpreter at Freedom Middle School, began signing since she was 12. “I had a church congregation that did sign language,” she said. “I thought it was real cool and I wanted to learn how to communicate.” So she took some “basic sign language classes to learn how to […]

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Ex-Braves player gives antibullying talk, book

Brian Jordan and Meadowview Elementary Principal Norman Thomas hold copies of Jordan’s book.

Former Braves player and current broadcaster Brian Jordan brought his antibullying message to Meadowview Elementary Dec. 19. “Bullying is wrong and we’ve got to stop that bullying,” said Jordan, author of Time Out for Bullies. Meadowview students received a free copy of the hardback book. Jordan, who said he has never been bullied, said he […]

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